Painting around Montauk, Phyllis Chillingworth captures the energy felt amongst the indigenous Shadblow trees and windy meetings of sky and water. In her work the rhythmic layers of many washes and vigorous brush strokes express a new kind of force, not one of reality, but one of personal invention. Using the purity of color and spontaneous movement she liberates the viewer from all that is material. Describing the experience of painting on site, Chillingworth revealed: “Each time I go out to paint, the scene is not the same and I am not the same. I translate that dynamic process into a language which is alive, powerful and expansive”.
Phyllis Chillingworth lives in Montauk and New York City. She earned a B.S. from The Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a B.F.A./M.F.A. from The Yale School of Art and Architecture.